Heart and Torch: Rick Griffin’s Transcendence

June 24 – September 30, 2007

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Heart and Torch: Rick Griffin’s Transcendence
, the artist’s first major retrospective and solo museum exhibition, opened on June 24, 2007. In his art, Griffin expresses idealism and hope along with a darker side that perfectly embodied the contradictions of his era, with its mixture of hedonism, politics, and avant-garde expression, making him a cult figure that set the iconographic terrain for the 1960s and 1970s counterculture.
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The exhibition, which included some 140 paintings, drawings, posters, album covers, and artifacts, surveyed thirty years of Griffin’s work from the 1960s until his death in 1991. The accompanying 156-page catalogue, published in association with Gingko Press, was the first publication to address Griffin’s impact on the surf, psychedelic rock, and born-again Christian movements.
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Heart and Torch: Rick Griffin’s Transcendence
was organized for Laguna Art Museum by Susan M. Anderson, and co-curated by guest curators Greg Escalante and Doug Harvey with curatorial consultant Gordon McClelland.
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Laguna Art Museum would like to thank all of the sponsors of the exhibition Heart and Torch: Rick Griffin’s Transcendence for their generosity in making this important contribution to the scholarship of this under-recognized artist possible.
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The exhibition and book were made possible through the generous support of presenting sponsor Hurley.
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Additional support was provided by the Segerstrom Foundation; the Gillespie Foundation; Juxtapoz Art and Culture Magazine; Mark Parker; Jeff Smith; Bernie Chase; Flat Bread Company, Paia, Maui and the Classic Surf Gallery; and Cindy and Joe Knörnschild.
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Major media sponsorship provided by Surfer Magazine.
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